Figures show that RTE spent €337,000 on Nicky Byrne’s Eurovision bid
Figures have revealed that RTE spent a staggering €337,000 on Nicky Byrne’s Eurovision bid last year.
The former Westlife star travelled to Stockholm with a total of 18 people last May, which included RTE staff and artists.
According to the Herald, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act the cost of €337,000 does not include the charge for RTE labour and additional costs.
However, it does include the Eurovision entry fee of €88,472.
The publication reports that €64,657 of the budget was spent on travel costs, which included the flights to Sweden, hotels, meals and transport.
In addition, Nicky waived his performance fee for the money to be spent on the production.
Despite all this, Ireland didn’t even qualify for the final.
An RTE spokesperson told the publication:
“The separate budget set aside for the Eurosong selection was instead used towards the overall staging and appearance of Nicky Byrne’s performance in Stockholm, Providing seven-and-a-half hours of live entertainment content, the Eurovision Song Contest represents excellent value for money for RTE and for Irish television licence fee payers.”
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